BCS Rankings 2012: Last-Minute Projections and Predictions for Top 25

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 14, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 06:  Manti Te'o #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish calls defensive signals against the Miami Hurricanes at Soldier Field on October 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Notre Dame defeated Miami 41-3.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The first official BCS Standings will be released at 8 PM ET. The top three teams are pretty obvious. Alabama still appears to be head and shoulders above the rest of the nation. Oregon and Florida will be second and third, but from there things are a bit unknown.

Who should round out the top five BCS teams?

Here are my predictions:


Notre Dame

The Irish have played a killer schedule this season. They are 6-0 despite playing three Top 25 teams. The defense has been stellar, and they pass any eye test you can administer to them. They have allowed only 8.7 points per game this season.

The front seven is led by Manti Te'o, who has proven he is a top-notch NFL prospect. The Irish will get the nod for one of the remaining two spots in the Top Five of the BCS standings.

I'm not convinced they are one of the nation's five best teams, but it's hard to argue with the resume they've put together this season.


Kansas State

The Wildcats have also stormed to a 6-0 record to start the season. They haven't played the schedule Notre Dame has, but they began their season more highly touted. Their crowning achievement thus far is a win over Oklahoma on the road.

That win was made more impressive after the Sooners destroyed Texas, 63-21, on Saturday. Even though the Wildcats haven't been tested often, they have more than lived up to their preseason hype. They will take the fifth spot in the initial BCS standings.


A Team That May Have a Beef



The Tigers are 6-1, with their only defeat coming on the road at Florida. The Gators have ascended to No. 3 in the nation, and the Tigers just knocked off the previous No. 3-ranked team, South Carolina.

The offense has struggled a bit, but this is a team that can beat anyone in the nation because of their stout defense. The Tigers are only allowing 14 points per game. They still have a shot at playing for a national championship, but they will have to win out from here. 

That will be much easier said than done. The Tigers have three straight games against Top 25 teams, and Alabama is one of them. If they finish the season with one loss, they deserve to play for a national championship.


Here are my predictions for the remainder of the Top 25:


6. LSU

7. South Carolina

8. Oklahoma

9. Oregon State

10. USC

11. Georgia

12. Florida State

13. Mississippi State

14. West Virginia

15. Clemson

16. Louisville

17. Rutgers

18. Texas A&M

19. Texas Tech

20. Cincinnati

21. Stanford

22. Boise State

23. Texas

24. TCU

25. Iowa State


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